Today, Sept. 11, a state Supreme Court justice in Staten Island will hold a hearing on two recently filed lawsuits that have the potential to drastically change how schools across New York State operate.
The suits, which were filed separately but at their core are essentially the same, claim that the laws surrounding teacher tenure and other job protections should be reformed because they enable bad educators to keep their jobs, thus denying children the right to a “sound basic education” guaranteed them by the state Constitution.
As N and Q trains rattle up and down 31st Street, the clanging and banging sounds that reverberate from the steel elevated line have become a nuisance to the teachers, students and parents of PS 85.
There have been rallies and petitions and now, local lawmakers are stepping in to say “enough is enough.”
“Japan — An Island Nation: 1870-1890,” Resobox Gallery, 41-26 27 St., Long Island City. Opening reception: Fri., Sept. 12, 7-9 p.m. Exhibition thru Oct. 10. Info: (718) 784-3680, resobox.com.
Dreamer, Mayra Chavez, center, shares her story with Assemblyman Francisco Moya, right, lieutenant governor candidate Kathy Hochul, left, and students.
It’s election season and once again the New York State DREAM Act has become a centerpiece for many of the Democratic candidates.
At a press conference held on Saturday in front of the Renaissance Charter School in Jackson Heights, the bill’s sponsors, state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) and Assemblyman Francisco Moya (D-Jackson Heights) touted their latest supporter: lieutenant governor candidate Kathy Hochul.
Sen. Mitch McConnell was recently heard thanking the Kochs “for the important work you’re doing” and for “rallying … to the cause.” What cause? Putting Americans to work? Rebuilding the middle class? Unleashing free-market answers to catastrophic climate change? No, only more obstruction.
As majority leader, McConnell promises, “We’re not going to be debating all these gosh-darn proposals … All we do in the Senate is vote on things like raising the minimum wage … extending unemployment … the student loan package the other day. That’s just going to make things worse.”
Worse for whom? The wealthy? Certainly not for the middle class and poor. He is a piece of garbage. McConnell also tells the mega-donors that with Republicans in the majority, “No money can be spent to do this or that.” So what parts of government would McConnell starve? Big Oil? The Pen
tagon? No, McConnell pledges “to go after them on healthcare, on financial services, on the Environmental Protection Agency, across the board.” McConnell tells them: “Democrats are the party of government,” and Republicans are “the party of the private sector.”
As Sen. Elizabeth Warren put it after McConnell filibustered her bill to let people refinance their student debt, “Mitch McConnell is there for millionaires and billionaires. He is not there for people who are working hard, playing by the rules and trying to build a future for themselves.”
Is any of this a surprise to anyone? If so, stop watching Fox and reading the Post.
Thank you for sharing such an uplifting story of the Lin brothers orchestrating their generous backpack/school supplies giveaway to the children at Boulevard Family Shelter (“More school supplies for Pan Am students,” Sept. 4, multiple editions).
With all the venom and vitriol that has been lobbed at the families currently living at the former Pan Am Hotel, I was really touched by their act of kindness, compassion and commitment to sharing their love for strangers and innocent children. Bravo!
Douglaston native Patrick McEnroe announced that he was stepping down as general manager of player development for the United States Tennis Association last week. Patrick, the younger brother of tennis legend John McEnroe, had a decent professional career and served tennis as a CBS sportscaster and Davis Cup captain before becoming in charge of discovering and nurturing American tennis talent.
The official reason given was that McEnroe did not want to relocate from New York City to Orlando, where the USTA will open a state-of-art training center in 2016. But it is impossible to ignore the fact that the state of American professional tennis, Serena Williams obviously excluded, is dismal. Six days after the Open got underway there wasn’t a single American in the men’s or women’s singles brackets left who wasn’t named Serena Williams. One has to believe USTA executives were not pleased.
On Jan. 31, 1968, Private First Class Richard Gilley, of Maspeth, was killed in action on a Vietnam battlefield three weeks shy of his 21st birthday.
Almost 50 years after his death, a memorial dedicated in his name sits unkempt and dirty next to the former American Legion post at 776 Fairview Ave., underneath the Forest Avenue station along the M train line, in Ridgewood.
Community Board 2 approved the Department of Transportation’s plan to improve a particularly complex and chaotic portion of Long Island City.
Sean Quinn, a representative of the agency, presented the Hunter-Crescent Area Triangle plan, which aims to make the area safer by adding crosswalks, pedestrian islands and signage, converting one-way streets to two-way streets.
Fourth-year pediatric medical student Francisco Prada creates a bubble.
Some Ridgewood residents can now breathe a little easier.
Wyckoff Heights Medical Center, which is located in Bushwick but serves residents in nearby Queens, hosted a health fair Sunday afternoon in Rosemary’s Playground on Woodbine Street.
There was some unexpected excitement on the first day of school at PS 63 in Ozone Park on Thursday.
A small fire broke out in an air-conditioning unit in a classroom of the school at 90-15 Sutter Ave. at around 10:50 a.m. just a few hours after students began their first classes.
Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz speaks out against embattled PS 101 teacher Richard Parlini, who has recently been reinstated after claims of physical and verbal abuse against his first-grade students over the last few years.
As students filed into PS 101 in Forest Hills for the first of the academic year’s approximately 180 school days, dozens of parents took to the sidewalk to protest the return of one of the school’s teachers.
According to claims made by numerous parents, first-grade science teacher Richard Parlini has made a habit of physically and verbally abusing his students over the course of at least a decade.
(NAPSI)—Parents who hope to provide their children with a college education may feel overwhelmed by the cost of higher education and reports have stated that only about half those who start college graduate. But rather than giving up, they may want to investigate further, because beneath the headlines lies a more complex reality. What’s more, parents who start saving early—and strategically—can amass a sizable college fund without busting the family budget.
(NAPSI)—Many are surprised when they learn they don’t know as much about the Selective Service and the law as they thought they did. To help, here is a quick quiz with some fast facts.
(NAPSI)—Government officials and business leaders from nearly 50 African countries gathered in Washington, D.C. on August 4-6 for the first-ever U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit.
(NAPSI)—Increasingly, students and those just out of school are using international travel as a productive way to make the most of the gap of time between high school and college or between college and starting a career. That’s why this type of purposeful travel has come to be known as gap travel.
Many students report that their gap travel experience has taught them skills and life lessons that cannot be learned in a classroom. (NAPS)
(BPT) - With more school choices than ever and the evolution of technology, students are redefining their own pathway to a successful K-12 education. More families are building complete, harmonious educational experiences for their children by choosing schools that meet their needs at a point in time – whether the school is traditional brick and mortar, private or charter. Over the past decade, families have added fully online and blended schools to their list of options – making online learning one of the fastest growing forms of education in the U.S. today.
(BPT) - As a new school year gets into full swing, parents know that along with library books, art projects and worksheets, their kids often bring home a ton of germs. As students travel on the school bus, sit in the cafeteria, and participate in classroom studies, they can pick up viruses and bacteria. By simply touching their desks and lunch tables and swapping school supplies with classmates, kids are likely to bring home germs from school, and then spread them to family members.
(StatePoint) With classes, sports, homework and other activities, weekdays are action packed for kids. Unfortunately, some students deal with an unwelcome addition to their daily routine -- bullying. An estimated 13 million students are bullied annually, according to government statistics.
A small fire broke out in an air conditioning unit in a classroom of the school at 90-15 Sutter Ave. at around 10:50 a.m. just a few hours after students began their first classes.